Delia Locke


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1877. Feb. 11. Sabbath. We have attended S. school as usual. Clara Ross is very feeble in health - has fainting fits, and Mr. Ross sent to Stockton today and had Dr. Clark come out to see her. He advises rest and quiet. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Feb. 12. Monday. We had a rainy morning and a cloudy day. Mr. & Mrs. Spanswick spent last night here. He is a Baptist minister preached last eve for Mr. Stewart. I have written today to Hannah G. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Feb. 13. Tuesday. A foggy morning. Our China cook - Ah Ting took notion that he would not cut any wood for the fire, and we dismissed him. We will try and do the cooking ourselves for a while, that the girls may have an opportunity to learn, which they could not have while we kept a Chinaman. It will seem good to have him gone. Mr. Cudner and Mrs. Dayton were married this eve by Mr. Stewart. We were invited to the wedding Dr. went but I was too weary to go. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 53.) Feb. 14. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 56.) Feb. 15. Thursday. Went to prayermeeting this evening. It is such a treat to be able to attend the prayermeeting. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Feb. 16. Friday. Mrs. Le Faber came and took dinner with us. Went this afternoon to see the sick ones. Clara is better, but Annie is worse-gradually failing. Called also on Mrs. Thomson. Belle is recovering. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 60.) Feb. 17. Saturday. Minnie Burt and Mary Gove were here to dinner. We find the washing rather hard at first but think we shall coon get accustomed to it. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 60.) Feb. 18. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "The wicked is taken in his iniquity himself," &c. (T.S.R. 41. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Feb. 19. Monday. A little cloudy. Clif. Mowry's only child was buried today by the side of Mina. It also died of diphtheria. (T.S.R.45. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) 1877. Feb. 20. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 63.) Feb. 21. Wednesday. Foggy morning. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Feb. 22. Thursday. A cloudy day with thunder showers in the afternoon. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 63.) Feb. 23. Friday. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 56.) Feb. 24. Saturday. Minnie Burt came over today. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Feb. 25. Sabbath. Weather a little cloudy. We have attended S. school and Eddie Shaw came home with us to dinner. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Feb. 26. Monday. Windy. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 58.) Feb. 27. Tuesday. Mr. Wallace is here from Oakland and took dinner and tea with us. He is building a new house for himself in Brooklyn, where they expect to live. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 58.) Feb. 28. Wednesday. A cloudy afternoon. Mr. Wallace again dined with us, and Mr. Blakesler, again on his usual rounds for the Pacific, was here to tea and all night. He is growing old some in looks, but seems yet to retain his usual irrepressible activity. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) Mar. 1. Thursday. Still cloudy weather. Mr. Blakeslee took dinner with us. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 60.) Mar. 2. Friday. Rainy morning. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 53.) Mar. 3. Saturday. Still cloudy, but we fear the rain will not amount to much. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 52.) Mar. 4. Sabbath. Communion Day. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. We all attended as usual. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 55.) Mar. 5. Monday. Cloudy with light showers in the afternoon. Rutherford B. Hayes was this day inaugurated as President of these United States, it having been decided, after along contest, that he received one more electoral vote than Samuel Tilden, the Dem candidate. It has been thought by some that the Dencocrats would make trouble over the decision, but that fear seems to be past, it being conceded by all, that the decision is a fair and legal, one. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.)

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January 1877

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